‘The Jungle Book’ Poster Monkeys Around With King Louie and Kaa
The next in Disney’s long, long line of live-action adaptations based on beloved animated properties is The Jungle Book, Jon Favreau’s reimagining of the classic story featuring a stellar voice cast and a lively blend of CGI and live-action elements. We’ve seen glimpses of them in the trailer, but this new poster for the upcoming film gives us a closer look at two of the film’s main animal characters: King Louie and Kaa.
Voiced respectively by Christopher Walken and Scarlett Johansson, Louie the orangutan and Kaa the python feature prominently on the new poster for The Jungle Book. We didn’t spend much time with them in the trailer, but Louie and Kaa are certain to be two of the more memorable characters among a cast of photorealistic CG animals — and they do look quite realistic here, though we've yet to see much of them in motion:
The Jungle Book also stars newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli, with Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Bill Murray as Baloo, Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha and Giancarlo Esposito as Akela. Here’s the official description:
Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of selfdiscovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.
The all-star cast also includes Lupita Nyong’o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf pack’s alpha male Akela. “The Jungle Book” seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world. The wild adventure swings into theaters in 3D on April 15, 2016.
“Up-to-the-minute technology,” you say? Wonder how Ang Lee feels about that.